Well Ronny Cedeno finally got signed as the Cardinals back shortstop today. The deal is for one year for $1.15MM plus $850K in performance bonus. By shedding the Cubs and Mets image from the past may give him that extra power for this light hitting infielder. Welcome to the St.Louis Cardinals Ronny.
Today Oscar Tavares dropped his agent Melvin Roman for Rob Plummer, not sure why but Rob Plummer happens to represent the best Dominican players. Plummer has Miguel Sano and Cardinals minor league pitcher Carlos Martinez in his stable of players. Tavares ranks at # 3 among top prospects. I happen to think he may make the team this year as an extra outfielder unless an outfielder is traded.
source: Tim Dierkes
Well, I just heard that St.Louis Post Dispatch Sports columinist Rick Hummel is reporting that there are news coing out of Venezuela that Ronny Cedeno is heading to the Cardinals. No announcement has been made due to the respect for the Stan Musial family. I imagine more information about this move with Cedeno will be released after the weekend. I think this would be a good move for the Cardinals but I would not consider it a upgrade. This tells me Pete Kozma may not be in the mix for back up shortstop position. Thats too bad, I loved Kozma’s performance during the last month of the 2012 season. Cedeno does show flexibility in the infield positions like second base and had played some third base when playing for the Cubs, Mets and Mariners.
Source: Rick Hummel
There has been talk about movement towards signing Adam Wainwright before Spring Training. Wainwright has mentioned before that he loves it here and wants to stay here. Cardinals may go for a three year deal with him.
It is being reported that Chris Carpenter may have some second thoughts about returning to the 2013 season with the Cardinals. Carpenter has mentioned, “If I’m healthy and I feel good at the end of the season and I am fortunate enough to have the opportunity to have a job, I’ll sit down and talk to my wife and kids and see what they want to do.” I have always had a feeling he may call it a career soon.
source: Rob Rains
Earlier today Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported that the St.Louis Cardinals are among other teams that is showing a interest in the middle infielder free agent Ronny Cedeno. I have heard the Cardinals GM John Mozeliak talked about wanting a veteran to play back up shortstop and second base. Cedeno is a average player but I tend to think he would fit in well with the make up of this team.
The Cardinals and Jason Motte finally come to an agreement for a two year deal at $12million. Motte posted a 2.75 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and struck out 86 batters while walking only 17 in 72 innings last season while saving 42 games. A well deserved raise due to his performance of 42 saves. Glad to have you back Jason!
It’s a sad day today in Cardinal Nation. Our beloved Hall of Famer Stan Musial passed this evening in his home in Ladue, Missouri. He was 92. Stan was a gamer and he loved this town. I always enjoyed seeing hm on opening day waving to all the fans as he sat in the golf cart. As a small kid at family gatherings I could remember the family talking about Cardinal Baseball and one name has always been a main topic on who is their favorite Cardinal player. It was always Stan Musial before Enos Slaughter. Stan spent 22 years with the St.Louis Cardinals. He hit 475 home runs and had a .331 batting average after retiring in 1963. He loved the fans, I heard once he would carry pictures of himself that where already signed so he could hand them out when he was in the public eye.. I remember being at a big sports convention in downtown St.Louis. This was also way before Winter Warm Up. I was standing in line to get a Brian Jordan autograph and the table near by had Stan Musial hamming it up with the fans. There was a lot of laughter and then all of a sudden he pulled out his harmonica and played Take Me Out to the Ballgame. As I stood there I realized my love of the game isn’t all about autographs its the feeling of pride for the Cardinal team and the players that make this team our favorite pass time here in St.Louis. Stan Musial is the man that brought this team to be a respectful franchise. Stan will be missed. God Bless the Musial Family.